About Bethany Athletics

Department of Athletics Mission Statement

In accordance with the core values of Bethany College, the mission of the Department of Athletics is to utilize sports as a method to educate, develop, and challenge its participants.

      Bethany Swedes will:

  • Genuinely engage in the greater Bethany community.
  • Develop and evolve key character traits including integrity, humility, commitment, spiritual perspective, compassion and perseverance toward success.
  • Maintain healthy mental and physical lifestyles while competing substance-free.
  • Lead lives of faith, learning and service.  
Bethany's student-athletes' commitment to individual development and teamwork have defined Swedes Athletics. Bethany College has been recognized regionally and nationally for its championship teams. The Swedes belong to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and are a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Bethany fields teams in 19 sports:
 Fall Sports                                Winter Sports                                Spring Sports 
 M-Cross Country                     M-Basketball                                    Baseball
 W-Cross Country                    W-Basketball                                    M-Golf
 Football                                    Cheer                                                 W-Golf
 M-Soccer                                 Dance                                                Softball
 W-Soccer                                  M-Indoor Track & Field                    M-Tennis
 Volleyball                                  W-Indoor Track & Field                    W-Tennis
                                                    Wrestling                                           M-Outdoor Track & Field
                                                                                                                  W-Outdoor Track & Field              

The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop, and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. All people who share in the Bethany experience are united by our core values of integrity, hospitality, community, servant leadership, and sustainability. 

If you choose to join the Bethany community as a student, you can expect:

  • Personal attention within a caring community;
  • Active learning and meaningful practical experience - in and beyond the classroom;
  • An educational experience that prepares you for a life and career of consequence;
  • To be an active participant in your own education and in the life of the college;
  • To be a part in something bigger than yourself.

Statement of Commitment to Being a Community of Inclusiveness & Diversity

Bethany College strives to affirm its commitment to being a community of inclusiveness and diversity by its Christian heritage and by its respect for human dignity. As the Church in mission in higher education, Bethany College is expected to respond to the gospel by recognizing more fully that the inclusive nature of this College is manifested in the gift of diversity. Likewise, as a human community, we are called to recognize the dignity and the worth of all persons and to embody in our community in as full a measure as possible the full richness and diversity of people.

The gift of diversity strengthens and enriches us. It brings us to listen to the voices and needs of others. We must learn more about each other and be more understanding of and sensitive to one another's' customs, values and needs. Our task is not to try to change or diminish these differences, but to share them lovingly with one another. By respecting the uniqueness of others and rejoicing in our diversity, we will find unity, peace and justice.

We acknowledge the presence of diversity within the Bethany College community. Our diversity has many dimensions, for students, staff, faculty, and administration including age, gender, race, cultural and ethnic origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ability, marital status, and employment categories within the college structure.

Bethany College declares its intention to actively bring about a more fully inclusive and diverse college community, one which

  • is free of myths and stereotypes about gender, age, orientation, ability, religious, race, cultural and ethnic background;

  • confronts racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination wherever and whenever they may appear in the life and values of the campus community;

  • adopts policies and practices that acknowledge and protect the rights and dignity of all persons and which provide equitable access to resources;

  • encourages and expects teaching and advising practices, professional behaviors and uses of language that promote the elimination of inappropriate, prejudicial and demeaning attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes about sex roles and racial or cultural identity;

  • encourages the use of inclusive languages about God in the college's worship life;

  • in hiring persons to fill positions at the College, seeks actively to employ women and persons of all races and diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in all categories of employment;

  • fosters an appreciation of diverse religious traditions and value systems; and

  • works to continuously educate all administrators, faculty, staff and students about the issues, needs and concerns of people from diverse backgrounds.

Concern for inclusiveness and diversity must permeate the student recruitment process, the employment and advancement of faculty, administration and support staff, the design and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs, the selection of the Board of Directors, and all other aspects of the life and operation of this college. Our mutual task, then, is to facilitate relationships which are defined by justice and love for one another. We are enriched by full partnership and fellowship among women and men of different races, cultures, and beliefs. Bethany College calls upon all members of the campus community to take responsibility for implementing this declaration. Approved by the Board of Directors, October 17, 2014.


Bethany College believes that it is a privilege for a student to represent Bethany on or off the field with character and integrity and that students should be encouraged to promote good physical health and well-being of all student-athletes. Therefore, student-athletes follow the Drug Education and Drug Testing Policy.

The purpose of the educational program is to assist student-athletes by ensuring that they are well informed about illegal drugs, dietary supplements, and the abuse of legal drugs. The educational program further attempts to promote a healthy student-athlete lifestyle as well as create a fair competitive environment.

The purpose of the drug and substance abuse testing program is to discourage the use of illegal drugs, and the abuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements by student-athletes through a screening program based on periodic testing designed to identify those who use a banned substance.

Read the Drug Education and Drug Testing Policy here or under the Resources section.